One Injured in Causeway Crash; Police Looking for Dog That Escaped Vehicle

By GINA G. SCALA | Jun 25, 2019
Source: Stafford Township Police Department The search for JAX is being continued today by Animal Control. ** Please do not respond to the area to assist with searching, however if you see the lost dog please contact Animal Control at 609-597-1000 ext. 8525 or the Stafford Township Police Department.

Stafford Township — A Little Egg Harbor woman was airlifted to the Atlantic City Trauma Center Monday morning following a one-car accident on the eastbound Causeway to Long Beach Island, tying up traffic for at least an hour.

Gabrielle McMillan, 23, was driving east on the Causeway in a Nissan Sentra when she lost control of her vehicle and it left the roadway, striking a utility pole before rolling over, according to the preliminary investigation.

MONOC Paramedic Unit 216 and the Stafford Township First Aid Squad arrived shortly after police were called to the scene at approximately 10:50 a.m., and began to provide medical treatment to McMillan, the Stafford Township Police Department said Monday afternoon. MONOC 1 airlifted McMillan to Atlantic City Trauma Center for further medical evaluation. Her injuries were considered non-life threatening, according to police. McMillan was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.

McMillan’s car sustained significant damage and was towed from the scene, police said. Traffic on the Causeway was down to one lane as police directed motorists through the scene for about an hour.

As a result of the accident, a boxer/rottweiler mix dog escaped from the Nissan and police, along with family members, the township’s Bureau of Fire Prevention and Animal Control, were searching for the animal without any results Monday evening, according to police.

Police said they were using a drone in an effort to locate the dog. They asked motorists not to stop or pull over on Route 72 in an attempt to join the search. “We have enough search and rescue members on the site and we do not need another serious accident in the area,” the department cautioned.

In addition to Stafford first aid responders and MONOC, other agencies assisting at the scene were the Ship Bottom Police Department, Ship Bottom Fire Police and the Surf City Police Department. —G.G.S.

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